We love Asian inspired meals around here. I have been making this simple version of Beef and Broccoli in the crock pot for several years. Everyone in my house likes it and it is very easy – perfect for busy week nights. The only thing I didn’t like is trying to come up with side dishes and preparing those so that we were eating enough vegetables. I usually ended up with snow peas and carrots sautéed or Asian/Thai style salad. One day I decided that it had to all be simple because we had a crazy busy evening planned so I tossed in carrots, celery, onion and bell peppers with the broccoli. We prefer our vegetables very crisp so I add them in at the final half hour of cooking.
- 1 lb. boneless, beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
- 1 cup beef consumme or beef broth
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 4 tbsp. sauce (from the crockpot after dish is cooked)
- Frozen broccoli florets (as many as desired, I believe I used almost 2 cups)
- Rice, cooked
- In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
- Gently place your slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
- Turn crockpot on low and cook for 4-6 hours.
- When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cooking liquid to create a slurry, pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce.
- Toss in your broccoli florets (and other vegetables if you like) then serve hot over your favorite rice.
Note about cooking time: Your crockpot may differ in temperature than mine, I suggest cooking this for 4 hours on your first go-round of this dish. 6 hours in the crockpot seems to be giving a lot of people “shredded” beef instead of slices, so decrease cooking time by 2 hours and go from there. Mine turned out fine with 6 hours.
If you are using frozen broccoli florets, you do NOT need to defrost them prior to putting them in the crockpot. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch slurry. As stated in the instructions, after you add the cornstarch slurry, you cook for 30 more minutes. This should be more than enough time to cook and defrost your broccoli florets.
If you’re using fresh broccoli, you do NOT need to steam them prior to putting them in the crockpot. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch slurry. Since you cook an additional 30 minutes, this will ensure that your fresh broccoli will be cooked through.
Yes, you put the meat in the slow cooker raw, in sliced pieces.